Strong cross-agency integration and data-driven systems launched across behavioral health, aging and rehabilitation and learning management enable new operational possibilities for the state.
I think this reflects how critically important ICT has become to government service delivery, and the priority governors and legislators place on it as we continue to come out of recessionary times.
More states received an A grade this year than ever before, and the effort states are putting into innovation, collaboration and making sure their investments are well aligned with the priorities of the people they serve has never been higher." States with a solid A grade this year are Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Utah and Virginia.
A private cloud enables partner agencies to access database-as-a-service, graphical information system, and licensing and permitting, while imagery collected through the Michigan Statewide Authoritative Imagery & Li DAR (Mi SAIL) program is shared across the 29 counties to the tune of $3 million in savings.
The state stays abreast of cutting-edge technological developments, too, equipping within the past two years an increasing number of state assets with sensors for integration with the Internet of Things, including assets by state police, transportation and environmental departments.
Programs that particularly impressed judges were Missouri's public safety initiatives; Virginia's health and human services projects; and Utah's leading-edge efforts spanning transportation, citizen engagement, transparency, mobile government and social media.
Judges cited Utah's transportation efforts as particularly impressive for both their impact and innovative use of technology.Other innovative projects include a multi-state shared services offender management system, a new inmate banking system, three new administrative Web portals and an online continuing education system.The state's outstanding performance in this area can be credited not only to leadership from Gov.Jay Nixon's office, but also to a tech-centric culture that runs throughout state departments, explained Missouri Acting CIO Richard Kliethermes."I think it's the value of the partnership that we have with the highway patrol and their IT organization in that we are communicating, we are collaborating from the perspective of what can we assist with versus can they help us out," Kliethermes said.Missouri Highway Patrol's enhanced MO Automated Criminal History System fingerprint portal integrates with live-scan fingerprint devices, cross references fingerprint searches with iris scans and photos, and replaces a legacy system that was more than 10 years old.